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Macular Society receives Lottery grant

The charity has been awarded £120,000 for its work in Scotland

21 Jan 2020 by Emily McCormick

The Macular Society has received a £120,000 Lottery grant that will be used to help it provide practical and emotional support to people in macular disease living across Scotland over the next three years.

Awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, the Macular Society has said that the funding will enable it to develop and strengthen accessible services for people living with the sight-threatening condition. It will also enable it to offer people peer support, access to low vision training, equipment and technology, daily living skills, volunteer development, health and wellbeing support and a young people’s service.

Director for services at the Macular Society, Tessa Barrett, said: “We’re immensely grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland for its support. This funding will help us to provide more life-changing support to people in Scotland with macular diseases, especially reaching people in more isolated, rural communities.”

Ms Barrett emphasised that the charity needs to make as many people as possible aware of macular disease “and the devastating impact it can have on a person's life.”

Director of the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, Neil Ritch, said: “This award will make a real difference where it is needed most and I wish the Macular Society every success delivering a great project for its community.”

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